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"Currently, most major Medicaid changes must be cleared by the full Wisconsin legislature. But, under Walker's bill, Smith's health department could make those changes through an emergency rule-making process without legislative approval.


The Joint Committee on Finance would have 14 days to veto the changes. But critics say the new rules mean Smith and Walker wouldn't have to present detailed plans to the public"






"In the past, Smith has consistently argued that Medicaid should focus only on the poorest people (Wisconsin covers individual adults earning nearly $22,000), and should rely on private managed-care programs to restrain costs. He also has promoted charging recipients higher co-pays to try to dissuade them from seeking unnecessary treatments.

Critics, such as Judith Solomon, an analyst with the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, say Smith has long advocated policies that could hurt the poor and undermine the intent of Medicaid. Opponents also cite a 2009 paper published by Heritage that seemed to advise states to drop out of Medicaid altogether."


http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2011/February/25/Dennis-Smith-Wisconsin-Medicaid-Cuts.aspx




"emergency rule-making process without legislative approval...."


:WTF is that ****?

Nazi Germany?:WTF
 

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You have to be kidding me. 90%+ of the rules we live under are made and enforced by regulators. This is nothing new. Legislators generally set up broad guidelines, and the regulators work within those boundaries. This is simply a streamlining move that would allow rapid reaction to problems with the system. The legislature still has the authority to step in if the regulators go too far, and would get to review all changes. This is much ado about nothing.
 

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You have to be kidding me. 90%+ of the rules we live under are made and enforced by regulators.
:agree: #1 problem.

This is nothing new. Legislators generally set up broad guidelines, and the regulators work within those boundaries. This is simply a streamlining move that would allow rapid reaction to problems with the system. The legislature still has the authority to step in if the regulators go too far, and would get to review all changes. This is much ado about nothing.
Attitude that causes #1 problem.
 
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